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I purchased a new Arctic Cat Prowler 1000 UTV at the first of the year as I wanted to be one of the first to own one of the most powerful UTVs on the market. I bought in on all the propaganda from the manufacturer, followed BiPolar Racing in their win of the UTV Class of the Baja 1000 and read the great article in UTV Offroad Magazine regarding the release of the Arctic Cat Prowler 1000. I knew I had to have one.

I purchased my Prowler from Prestige Motorsports in Temecula, CA. and was anxious to receive delivery. During the checkout of the UTV we noted a leak in the coolant system. The mechanic at Prestige located an improperly installed O Ring. A quick fix and I was off to test my new “Prized Possession” at Ocotillo Wells located in the desert of Southern California. During the first run (less than 2 miles) I noticed seepage of differential fluid at the inner joint of the left CV at the rear differential. Needless to say that I did not want to ruin my new toy on its maiden voyage so we packed up and headed back home.

I contacted my dealer and explained what I had encountered. I was told that a seal was not properly seated and that I should take a rubber mallet and tap around the metal flange at the CV Joint to press it against the differential.

My next run was to the wonderful world of sand at Glamis. The Prowler ate up everything Glamis, and other UTV owners in our group were able to throw at me. On our third day, we were preparing for our morning ride when I was doing my pre-ride check and once again I noted oil from both sides of the differential leaking severly. Additionally I saw that the Plastic Intake Tube (which my dealer explained was used to bring in cool air for the clutch) was melted onto the parking brake disc located on the rear drive shaft. Further we noted that the Parking Brake Disc was scoured. Once again, our trip was cut short and I drove directly to the dealer with ONLY 200 MILES on the Prowler.

At the dealership, I was told that they had seen the tube melt previously on another Prowler and on that one the owner had left the parking brake on and that even leaving it on one or two clicks would engage the brake. It should be noted that there is an idiot light on the dash to indicate when the parking brake is left on. Mike from Prestige Motorsports and I checked my Prowler and saw that the Idiot Light did not illuminate until the parking break handle reached the third click. We then checked no less than three other Prowlers he had in stock and saw that the light varied in its actuation from 3 to 4 clicks.

We contacted Arctic Cat regarding the leaking differential and the issue we encountered with the parking brake. Arctic Cat had no problem paying to replace the differential seals but would not pay any portion of the Parking Brake repair.

With only 200 miles on my Prowler, I am somewhat anxious about what I will encounter during my next 200 miles.

Arctic Cat should concentrate less on its Marketing and more on it’s design, quality control and Customer Service if it wants to be a true contender in the UTV market.

Until they do so, maybe the readers should hold out for Yamaha’s new 900

Please feel free to contact me if you would like any further information.

Dave Catron
42526 Vancouver Place
Murrieta, CA., 92562
 

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The XTZs certainly seem to be having their share of issues (over heating, axles popping out, leaking differentials). Let's hope AC steps up to the plate quickly with some revised engineering and customer support. I plan to upgrade from my 650 XT next year.....hopefully it will be to another AC.
 

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Well allot of people will say first year problems ect...

But I kind of agree that Arctic Cat should be more enthusiastic to help fix any issue a customer is having in the first 500 miles or more maybe.

The bright side of this is, Once the guys on here get their problems fixed they are happy with their purchase. After the repairs, down time, and hassle. you are going to have a great machine there once the bugs are worked out.

Keep us posted on your fixes, I am sure Mike at Prestige is bummed about your issues also.
 

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Having sold my 2004 Rhino last Monday I sure hope I'm as pleased with my XTZ as I was with my 1st year Rhino. I only have 20 miles on it so far, been waiting for the snow all to melt around my vacation home. I spotted this Moose last week on my upper 40. :)

 

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I am sure I will feel better about the Prowler once all the bugs are fixed. The only issue I have is why should we the consumer have to pay for Arctic Cat's poor quality control and engineering faults.
 

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It seems like it is the lack of response from Arctic Cat that is bugging customers. We almost need a hot line to ask about problems and report ours of course.
 

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in discussing issues with flying121 i almost think the diff leaking and the axles popping out is related. I think the bugs will get worked out. I certainly feel for the guys having issues..we all paid ALOT of cash for these toys,,,heck i coulda bought a rail with a subie motor for almost the same price! hang in there all..we'll get them to own up and fix these issues..Split
 

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I purchased a new Arctic Cat Prowler 1000 UTV at the first of the year as I wanted to be one of the first to own one of the most powerful UTVs on the market. I bought in on all the propaganda from the manufacturer, followed BiPolar Racing in their win of the UTV Class of the Baja 1000 and read the great article in UTV Offroad Magazine regarding the release of the Arctic Cat Prowler 1000. I knew I had to have one.

I purchased my Prowler from Prestige Motorsports in Temecula, CA. and was anxious to receive delivery. During the checkout of the UTV we noted a leak in the coolant system. The mechanic at Prestige located an improperly installed O Ring. A quick fix and I was off to test my new “Prized Possession” at Ocotillo Wells located in the desert of Southern California. During the first run (less than 2 miles) I noticed seepage of differential fluid at the inner joint of the left CV at the rear differential. Needless to say that I did not want to ruin my new toy on its maiden voyage so we packed up and headed back home.

I contacted my dealer and explained what I had encountered. I was told that a seal was not properly seated and that I should take a rubber mallet and tap around the metal flange at the CV Joint to press it against the differential.

My next run was to the wonderful world of sand at Glamis. The Prowler ate up everything Glamis, and other UTV owners in our group were able to throw at me. On our third day, we were preparing for our morning ride when I was doing my pre-ride check and once again I noted oil from both sides of the differential leaking severly. Additionally I saw that the Plastic Intake Tube (which my dealer explained was used to bring in cool air for the clutch) was melted onto the parking brake disc located on the rear drive shaft. Further we noted that the Parking Brake Disc was scoured. Once again, our trip was cut short and I drove directly to the dealer with ONLY 200 MILES on the Prowler.

At the dealership, I was told that they had seen the tube melt previously on another Prowler and on that one the owner had left the parking brake on and that even leaving it on one or two clicks would engage the brake. It should be noted that there is an idiot light on the dash to indicate when the parking brake is left on. Mike from Prestige Motorsports and I checked my Prowler and saw that the Idiot Light did not illuminate until the parking break handle reached the third click. We then checked no less than three other Prowlers he had in stock and saw that the light varied in its actuation from 3 to 4 clicks.

We contacted Arctic Cat regarding the leaking differential and the issue we encountered with the parking brake. Arctic Cat had no problem paying to replace the differential seals but would not pay any portion of the Parking Brake repair.

With only 200 miles on my Prowler, I am somewhat anxious about what I will encounter during my next 200 miles.

Arctic Cat should concentrate less on its Marketing and more on it’s design, quality control and Customer Service if it wants to be a true contender in the UTV market.

Until they do so, maybe the readers should hold out for Yamaha’s new 900

Please feel free to contact me if you would like any further information.

Dave Catron
42526 Vancouver Place
Murrieta, CA., 92562
I "stumbled" across the email address of Christopher A Towmey, the CEO of Arctic Cat. Needless to say, I did send him an email explaining the issues I had been encountering and some of the issues I have also heard about.

Like all other Arctic Cat personnel, I am sure he will not respond by email or telephone.

Just in case anyone else wants the email address it is [email protected]
 

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Well, I don't know about you guys but anything I ever bought in its first year of production had its bugs. I figure that's what we have to sacrifice to have the hottest sxs on the planet. Oh ya, I have about 150 miles on mine and i noticed that the coolant reservoir is a little low on fluid. That sucks but I will get it figured out.I still love it and everybody around here has ceased on all performance upgrades to their Whinos , and rzr's cause they have seen what the XTZ can do.
 

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Well, I don't know about you guys but anything I ever bought in its first year of production had its bugs. I figure that's what we have to sacrifice to have the hottest sxs on the planet. Oh ya, I have about 150 miles on mine and i noticed that the coolant reservoir is a little low on fluid. That sucks but I will get it figured out.I still love it and everybody around here has ceased on all performance upgrades to their Whinos , and rzr's cause they have seen what the XTZ can do.

look for the overflow to start spitting fluid, if there is no sign of fluid on your frame and stuff you are probably fine.
 

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My xtz

Hi all. Well, I have previously posted about my XTZ and both the front and rear diff leaks. The front has not leaked in over 1000 miles now after the fix's. The REAR, however, is now in the shop for the 5th time, even with the Mod's very similar to BiPolar's. Cat-Care is now replacing the right 1/2 shaft and the seal (AGAIN). BUT, they also want me to put up $50.00 as the cat-care deductible. ARTIC-CAT TECH HAS flat out told my dealer that they DO NOT HAVE A FIX for all these diff leaks. Why the hell do think I should be hit up now in the extended warranty period, because THEY can't get their **** together. My dealer (AZ-West) is trying to get Cat to cover the charge. We will see. Beware out there, there is a Wild Cat in the cage!
 

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The new axles that they have in production should fix the problem with the rear leaking. Arctic cat should do this under warranty if you have a good relationship with your dealer. If not then call Johnny at UTV crap and he can send you some of the new axles or go to Arctic Cat Parts Nation they seem to have good prices.

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The new axles that they have in production should fix the problem with the rear leaking. Arctic cat should do this under warranty if you have a good relationship with your dealer. If not then call Johnny at UTV crap and he can send you some of the new axles or go to Arctic Cat Parts Nation they seem to have good prices.

Good luck

great info!!!! Mine are fine since I got the new Parts installed
 

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Well, I now have about 800 miles on the new 1/2 shaft and thank heavans the diff is still not leaking. I am really enjoying not having the XTZ in the shop all the time.
The bad news is that my dealership could not get ARCTIC CAT to cover my $50.00 extended warranty deductible. THAT IS JUST CRAP. both differential's leaked, seals replaced a total of 6 times between the two of them, and a "replacement" 1/2 shaft in the rear fixes the problem, and I HAVE TO PAY!
I WOULD RECOMMEND ARIZONA WEST, AND A.J. TO ANYONE, AS THEY DID EVERYTHING THEY COULD TO MAKE THIS RIGHT.
ARCTIC CAT, ON THE OTHER HAND, NEEDS TO STEP UP AND BE HONEST THAT THERE WAS A FLAW IN THE ORIGINAL DIFFS!
 

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AC is starting to step up it looks like. I got a letter from them and was one of a few dealers chosen to do this, I don't know how many others were chose, maybe all of the dealers in the south west, but anyways when it comes to seals leaking on a machine that has not yet had them replaced and is under warranty we are to drain the oil record how much is in there and then remove the axle/differential assembly without cleaning or removing the axles and send them into the engineers at AC who will be looking into this to find the problem.
 

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AC is starting to step up it looks like. I got a letter from them and was one of a few dealers chosen to do this, I don't know how many others were chose, maybe all of the dealers in the south west, but anyways when it comes to seals leaking on a machine that has not yet had them replaced and is under warranty we are to drain the oil record how much is in there and then remove the axle/differential assembly without cleaning or removing the axles and send them into the engineers at AC who will be looking into this to find the problem.

Some good news for a change. Keep the pressure on AC to do the right thing and they just might keep some of us as customers. Thanks for the post Chris.
 

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AC is starting to step up it looks like. I got a letter from them and was one of a few dealers chosen to do this, I don't know how many others were chose, maybe all of the dealers in the south west, but anyways when it comes to seals leaking on a machine that has not yet had them replaced and is under warranty we are to drain the oil record how much is in there and then remove the axle/differential assembly without cleaning or removing the axles and send them into the engineers at AC who will be looking into this to find the problem.

Out of curiosity, has anything come of this? I've been dealing with the leak since they put in the new axles in January...
 
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